Whatever you call it, a self care kit, a comfort kit, they are so easy to make.
Create your own self care kit.
I came across this idea many years ago through a counsellor and I have had one ever since. It’s a mixture of go to items for your senses to help when you are having a bad moment/day/week. The idea is to gather an item which stimulates your 5 senses, touch, taste, smell, sight and hearing. These should be kept together (or nearby) and be readily accessible when the moment strikes.
Why? Well, why not? Did you have a teddy or comforter when you were a child? How long did it take you to give up your pacifier (or thumb)? It’s a similar principle – it helps to comfort and distract your mind. To pull it out of the downward spiral.
While we may no longer be children, that doesn’t mean we aren’t entitled to be comforted. I’ll let you in on a secret – I still have my childhood teddy – he comes out when I need comforting and it works EVERY time. It’s an internal process, deep in my psyche. I strongly associated my teddy with comfort. While I don’t need as much comfort, the memories and feelings I associate with my teddy are still strong (possibly stronger thanks to a touch of nostalgia!)
My kit changes as time goes by, depending on what I am feeling or what is helping me.
Here’s the current contents!
- Scented candles
- Inspirational quote cards
- Singing bowl
Why these things?
In short, they all bring me comfort and help to relieve my brain. The blanket is cosy and fluffy. Chocolate – no brainer for me. That said, in my self care kit – it is GREAT quality. When I need comfort, bog-standard doesn’t cut it. Scented candles – I can choose to evoke a memory, baking, cinnamon, Christmas there is a HUGE variety of scents available now. Inspirational quote cards – these are so easy and a godsend, they make me smile (you don’t need to be an artistic genius – you can grab them on Pinterest or take a look at my weekly Inky Pause) Singing bowl – yes, I could have an I-pod with my favourite mixes or a spotify playlist. But I don’t. The chime on the bowl changes the atmosphere and breaks whatever chatter is going on in my mind.
Not sure what to put in yours?
Here are some suggestions for you
- Oracle Cards
- Hot chocolate & marshmallows
- Colouring book & pencils
- A silk scarf
- Bath bombs
- Favourite perfume (samples are great for this)
- Lavender Water (reminds me of my Grandma)
- Beatrix Potter books
- Luxury hand cream
- A CD of feel-good tunes
- Your childhood teddy bear
- A cosy nightshirt
Now here’s a question – how to store your comfort kit?
A pretty box
A pretty bag
Mine lives on the top shelf of my wardrobe in a plastic bag (I know, very inspiring), but it works for me. You could wrap it in wrapping paper so if feels extra special when you open it. It doesn’t matter how you choose to store yours, so long as it is close at hand accessible should you need it.
So, what’s going in your comfort kit? Let me know!
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